The gambrel roof, with its characteristic double slope was especially popular among the Dutch and German immigrants to the New World and is sometimes referred to as Dutch Colonial home style. The gambrel roof has the advantage of providing much more space in the attic, allowing this part of the Dutch Colonial home to be used for more than simply storage. Typically the gambrel roof house was built of timber framing throughout. But occassionally examples may be found built in stone, especially in Pennsylvania.
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Dutch Colonial Home Plan

DesMarest Dutch Colonial Home - 1681

A traditional gambrel roof home with a convenient ground floor bedroom
$56 - 9 Sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Ext. Dimensions apx. 33' x 67'
1+ Stories, 4 Bedrooms, 2+ baths
Built in 1681, New Milford, New Jersey
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1934

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The David DesMarest House - 1681

Built around 1681 by David DesMarest, a French Huguenot founder of the New Jersey colony, this fine old sandstone home reflects Dutch influence, no doubt attributable to the fact that the DesMarest married into local Dutch families. The home has all the dignified informality of a well-run, prosperous early American farm. In 1890 it was thoroughly and lovingly restored. These drawings reflect the restoration.

As a work of art these prints are worth purchasing in their own right. For those of you interested in building a historically inspired house, these plans offer an excellent starting point. These plans are ideal for a flat or low sloping site. The ground floor contains a bedroom and bath to one side of the entry, always a convenient feature. On the other side of the hall are a living room, �drawing room�, dining room and kitchen. Three bedrooms and a bath occupy the gambrel roof attic. This very conveniently arranged floor plan would need only minimal adjustements to be brought into line with current building codes. The house, including porches, has outside dimensions of approximately 33' x 67'

  • Building name:     David DesMarest House
  • Designer/Architect:      Unknown

  • Date of construction:      1681

  • Location:      New Milford, New Jersey

  • Style:      Gambrel Roof - Dutch Colonial Style
  • Number of sheets:      9 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Cover Sheet, Site Plan

  • 2 Sheets of 4 Elevations, 1/4" = 1'-0"

  • 1 Sheet of 2 Sections, 1/4" = 1'-0"

  • Basement Floor Plan, 1/4" = 1'-0"

  • First Floor Plan, 1/4" = 1'-0"

  • Attic Floor Plan, 1/4" = 1'-0"

  • 2 Sheets of Details, various scales

The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. The original drawings were beautifully delineated in 1934, by the Historic American Building Survey.

Please view my other plans for more Dutch Colonial house plans and for a large variety of house plans in many other styles as well.

SHIPPING: Your drawings are shipped to you, by US Postal Service, rolled, not folded, in a Priority Mail tube.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BUILD: These plans are NOT complete architectural drawings as might be required by your local permitting agency and do not contain all the structural, waterproofing and other details and information necessary for construction. But your local builder or architect should be able to adapt these drawings and add to them as necessary. What they do provide is accurate design information about a REAL Dutch Colonial home, not a pseudo-Dutch colonial tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (GA006)

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